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Relentless (1948)

Passed | | Romance, Western | 20 February 1948 (USA)
Framed for a murder he didn't commit, a cowboy must stay one step ahead of the law as he hunts for the real killer.

Director:

George Sherman

Writers:

Kenneth Perkins (story "Three Were Thoroughbreds"), Winston Miller (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Young ... Nick Buckley
Marguerite Chapman ... Luella Purdy
Willard Parker ... Jeff Moyer
Akim Tamiroff ... Joe Faringo
Barton MacLane ... Tex Brandow
Mike Mazurki ... Jake
Robert Barrat ... Ed Simpson
Clem Bevans ... Dad
Will Wright ... Sam - the Horse Dealer
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Storyline

At the local saloon, prospectors Len Briggs and Bob Pliny brag about finding gold at their mine. Bad guys Tex Brandaw and Jim Rupple decide to follow the two prospectors and steal their mine. Drifter Nick Buckley who's passing through town seeking shelter for his pregnant mare is offered a drink by the two old prospectors, on the account of their recent good fortune. They also offer him the use of their shack for the night. However, bad guy Tex Brandaw suggests to Nick the use of an empty stall in the town stable instead. The two old prospectors return to their cabin where bad guys Tex and Jim await in ambush and kill the prospectors and steal the map revealing the gold mine's location. They divide the map in two sections, to prevent cheating, and split up agreeing to meet later. Tex has no intention of sharing the gold with Jim and bushwhacks him on the trail taking Jim's other half of the map. Jim pursues Tex on foot and runs into drifter Nick Buckley who left town after spending ... Written by nufs68

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Violence ... love ... and sudden death !

Genres:

Romance | Western

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blut und Gold See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cavalier Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Near the end, when Robert Young leaves the wagon and takes the burro and goes out to catch the bad guy on foot, he has no hat. Later when he catches up to him, he has found a hat somehow out in the desert! See more »

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The Pursuers!
22 April 2018 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Relentless is directed by George Sherman and adapted to screenplay by Winston Miller from the story Three Were Thoroughbreds by Kenneth Perkins. It stars Robert Young, Marguerite Chapman, Willard Parker, Akim Tamiroff and Barton MacLane. Music is by Marlin Skiles and cinematography by Edward Cronjager.

Young plays cowboy Nick Buckley who after being wrongly accused of murder has to stay one step ahead of the law in order to prove his innocence.

On a narrative basis this can hold its head up as being a touch more realistic than other fare of the decade. For sure there be contrivances and itchy coincidences, but nothing that insults the intelligence. Aside form the most appealing technical aspects, where the vistas and colour photography sparkle, the cast are likeable beings who are easy to engage with. There's a bit of thought gone into not making Chapman's gal role a token one, while the plot strand involving the equines in Buckley's life is both interesting and poignant. Action is competently staged by the wily Sherman, who in turn steers the pic safely to the expected conclusion.

A pleasing Oater that while not pushing any sort of boundaries or psychological depth, is sure to entertain fans of 40s and 50s Westerns. 6.5/10


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